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Big Girl Panties Board book – September 11, 2012
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From School Library Journal
PreS-A diaper being thrown into the trash kicks off this upbeat celebration of panties. A pigtailed protagonist skips across the pages. She proclaims the myriad choices that come with being a big girl, from the pictured days of the week set to a pair of frilly pink "Princess panties that sparkle and shine." The bright illustrations, set against a slate blue background, convey the youngster's excitement with a flurry of movement and many proud smiles. She takes a break from dancing and play to inform a baby sibling and a stuffed crocodile that they cannot wear panties, though mommies and grandmas can. At the close of the book the child addresses the listener, who presumably is also in on the fun and thus "a big girl, too!" This will make fine reading for newly minted big girls.-Laura Butler, Mount Laurel Library, NJα(c) Copyright 2011. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
About the Author
FRAN MANUSHKIN has written over 50 books for children, including The Tushy Book; The Belly Book; Baby, Come Out (translated into 8 languages), Charlotte Zolotow Honor Book How Mama Brought the Spring, and the popular Katie Woo series. She lives in New York City.
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Now that my toddler is an almost 3.5-year-old and we have (mostly ;-) successfully made it through potty training, I just wanted to give an update that this book, as well as "Potty" Potty (Leslie Patricelli board books), continued to be favorites and kept us on track during all of potty training over the past two years.
The story is simple and silly, and it doesn't just focus on the traditional potty training themes, but puts emphasis on the privilege of getting to wear big girl panties. It pairs well with the potty training approach of emphasizing keeping undies dry (vs. not getting them wet) — so it makes the statement positive vs. negative. A favorite page in the book states that babies, teddy bears, alligators etc. can't wear panties, only big girls can — my toddler loved this, I think because it made wearing panties/using the potty special vs. a chore. She also really liked the pages that state that "mommies, grandmas and aunties wear panties" — I think because she liked seeing the relation to other "big girls."
Especially during the more challenging potty training moments, when my toddler would refuse to look at other potty training books entirely, she still got a laugh out of this one (and "Potty" mentioned above), so I would say this book was a great tool in keeping my toddler interested in potty training by making it more fun.
I don't know how much of this can be attributed to this particular book, but picking out undies for the day is still a favorite activity for her and a great motivator to get out of bed and get dressed :-) I also give her undies as gifts for birthdays and holidays, because she is still really excited about them and unwrapping these she gets the same sparkle in her eye as unwrapping a toy.
My 19-month old is enamored with this book and studies it very closely every time we read it. The story is very relatable (showing saying bye to diapers, only big girls wear panties and babies wear diapers, etc.) to get started on potty training and the illustrations are cute and engaging.
I like how it asks the child, do you where big girl panties? and my child responds yes. And then the books states then your a big girl too.
This book is great reinforcing that if your child uses the toilet she's a big girl and moms, grandma, and aunties all wear panties.
What helps so much is the silly rhymes that as easy to remember. The girls liked pointing to which panties they wanted to wear in the book and loved the part of the book that asked if they were a big girl
Only issue with the story was that there is NO mention of going to the potty to get the big girl panties. There is no mention of going potty at all. So when I read this story I ad-lib a little to help my daughter make the connection.
Also, it took a REALLY long time to ship.